Main Question: What are some appropriate strategies for helping someone formulating a political question that is actually appropriate to ask on this community site?
Most of the time I think it is important for people to understand why someone may want to ask such a question that maybe doesn't have a law or political science background.
Hence, I like to explain for the sake of context why I am asking a question so others with the same thought that didn't ask perhaps because they thought it was too stupid for this place can perhaps see it's fine to be curious and ask.
Why and Context
Time and time again I find myself asking what I think are legitimate political questions that people with no political science or law background are just curious to know and these questions just seem like "common sense" type questions regular people should be asking here for the more political experts and enthusiasts to answer and provide feedback.
However when I post those many times on this community I start taking downvotes, I ask people to help me understand how to fix the question to make it more appropriate, and so forth.
Sometimes I go through several edited variations and finally get it right and sometimes I am able to delete the original question I asked and word it the more appropriately to be correct for this site.
There are absolutely many more millions of US Citizens for example without US law and political science backgrounds that are voting elected officials into office than the voters with those sort of backgrounds.
So I feel it is way more important for regular common sense type political questions to be asked and to be answered for clarity for these people rather than making as most appropriate to be 100% unable to be scrutinized for being written in a way that is not appropriate for this site.
Obviously there are more political people lurking around here that understand these things way more than the average person so this is why I take so much heat in some of the questions I've asked. Some seem to have been on the fence and some seem to be way off and some were so way off when originally asked that by the time I may get it somewhat right, I have tons of downvotes and answers on it already and I cannot just delete and ask the same question again.
So then finally comes in a regular person that perhaps is curious of this same sort of common sense layman political question that wants to know and sees a correlated post (finally fixed edit 22) but with slews of downvotes. Thus they perhaps interpret that that must not be a question they should be looking at or take serious or ask themselves somewhat differently and it just discourages them from participating here.
These scenarios seem like a pure disservice to the Politics community here basically hindering what could be many many more regular non-law non-PS people participating in this community and ultimately oppressing this sort of information from being posted for others to see.
I was thinking of perhaps...
- Coordinating with a mod to have a non-meta I ask initially be locked so I can later delete and ensure no answer are posted until I get it right to ask in a new question appropriately.
- Asking my question on meta first even though it's perhaps not really a meta question and less people go there that the non-meta main site so less feedback.
- Posting on this community's chat for people to provide feedback but way less people go there and would provide less feedback.
- Asked for some sort of feature request that would allow such pre question formulation to make it appropriate with as much exposure as the main non-meta site gets.
- Posting political question on maybe a different site first (non-SE community) and then coming back and asking here once I get it formulated more appropriate for this SE community.
I have many other questions that I hear so many regular US citizen talking about that seem to be related to politics and obviously these need to be formulated in a way for this community that they are unable to be scrutinized to be taken serious.
But I need help getting there first so I'm curious what strategies others can think of to help ensure the end result is not hindered an oppressed as I mentioned above to best help me prevent those scenarios but still get the content out there in a fashion that others will take serious.